hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,157 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 132012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning while. The contact drove the vehicle home with the brakes depressed. The contact inspected the vehicle and located the failure at the throttle cable, which was disconnected from the throttle plastic lever. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate current and failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 10/26/12 the consumer stated the plastic clip on the throttle cable disconnected from the throttle lever. Updated 11/08/12

- New Castle , OK, USA

problem #9

Jun 142012


  • 67,000 miles
Absolutely frightening! this afternoon a passenger and I pulled out onto the main thoroughfare when my car (2005 Taurus) independently accelerated and began running/spinning at a high RPM. The experience was not unlike a self propelled vacuum where you let go and it wants to run off by itself - only this is far more dangerous having been in traffic with precious lives at stake. It was not wanting me to brake either. Thankfully, I was able to pull off into a gravel lot. I turned the car off for a few minutes then started it again only that time it was running at rocket speed. Needless to say it was unsafe to drive at that point so I had it towed to the local Ford dealer. They just called to say it was the "speed control cable" that appeared to disengage and do something with the throttle. Clearly this is a problem with the make and model of car based on the cumulative posts I am seeing. Ford needs to step up or the ntsb needs to step in.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #8

May 122012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while attempting to brake from 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact mentioned that he was able to stop the vehicle by shifting to neutral. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the cruise control cable was disconnected and the wire had become stuck in the accelerator cable, causing the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem who filed a complaint on behalf of the contact. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 102,000. Updated 12/04/12 updated 12/05/12

- Dover , PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 302011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 85,567 miles


While driving at approximately 20 mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own. I depressed the brake pedal while the engine continue to rev. I was able to stop the vehicle after applying significant pressure to the brake pedal but ended up in the middle of intersection with high traffic luckily I was not harmed. Since this occurrence I have experienced 2 other incidents of a similar nature. This may related to the current investigation under the NHTSA action number;PE12005(vehicle speed control:cables).

- Waverly, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 142012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that he would have to have one foot on the brake pedal in order to prevent the vehicle from accelerating abnormally. The failure would cause a spike in rpms and the contact would also have to shift into neutral in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 59,000 and the current mileage was 60,000. Updated 05/11/12 accorind to the invoice, te cruise control cable was coming loose from the throttle body on acceleration. The cable lock was no longer retaining the cable to the throttle body.

- Colwich, KS, USA

problem #5

Mar 162010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was engaged repeatedly and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact shifted into neural in order to slow down into a complete stop. The failure occurred on three different occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. There was an open investigation associated with the failure under NHTSA action number: PE12005 (vehicle speed control: Cables). The manufacturer had been notified of the malfunction. Updated 04/06/12 updated 04/13/12

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 192011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving various speeds between 5 and 25 mph, the accelerator pedal would become stuck abnormally. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 62,000. Updated 04/10/12 the vehicle was diagnosed and repaired. The cause was the cruise control cable, which broke and wore out the throttle body. Updated 04/20/12

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the engine began to rev very rapidly. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where it was stopped. While examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the accelerator cable was fractured. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer and the authorized dealer were made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000. Updated 10/5/11 the consumer stated the cruise control cable, is keeping the throttle open and making the RPM's rise higher than they should. Updated 10/26/11

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 112011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 40 mph when the brakes were applied. The vehicle then abnormally accelerated and the engine displayed an unusual increase in rpms. The shifted into neutral and turned the vehicle off. Once the vehicle was restarted, the vehicle resumed normal operation until the accelerator pedal was engaged and the pedal became stuck in the open throttle position. The vehicle continued to accelerate and the contact attempted to dislodge the pedal. The vehicle was taken for inspection where the contact was awaiting a diagnosis of the failure and possible repairs. The failure and current mileage was 62,000. Updated 05/05/11 the dealer replaced the cruise control cable. Updated 06/20/11

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact's wife was driving approximately 40 to 45 mph when the rpms increased excessively. The brakes were engaged several times before the vehicle came to a stop. The identical failure occurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, the technician stated that the failure was related to the cruise control cable interference with the accelerator pedal. The cruise system needed to be replaced for $600. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice and was informed that the repair cost was $180. The vehicle was being repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000. Updated 9/13/10 the consumer stated while his wife was driving, the engine went into a high acceleration mode and locked up. She removed her foot from the accelerator pedal and applied the brakes. The consumer stated he banged on the accelerator pedal which finally broke loose. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and upon inspection, it was determined the vehicle had a faulty cruise control cable that needed to be replaced at a cost of $600. Updated 09/15/10 updated 09/10/12.

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

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